I hope you had a wonderful holiday. As I write this, it does seem like spring is officially in the air!
It’s gardening time at Hallockville Museum Farm. Join the North Fork’s first community garden at Hallockville Museum Farm for another season of planting and help prepare the organic garden plots for spring. Community garden members have an organizational meeting this Saturday, April 11, from 9 to 10 a.m., followed by garden cleanup from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Volunteers are needed and welcome! Dress for the weather and help clean, till and prepare the garden beds for spring planting. Sign up at hallockville.com.
Hallockville also needs volunteers on Thursday, April 16, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for general spring cleaning all around the farm. Tasks will include raking leaves, cleaning garden beds, trimming trees, picking up debris, sweeping out exhibit space and more. All ages and ability levels are welcome. Register at hallockville.com or call 298-5292.
All the cleanup will be done just in time for a lovely afternoon at Hallockville’s annual Spring Tea on Friday, April 24, from 1 to 3 p.m. A beautiful assortment of delectable savories, sweets and teas will be served in the historic Naugles Barn, decorated with a display of hand-hooked rugs by local craftspeople, and the tables will be adorned with vintage tablecloths and tea sets. There will also be a raffle featuring beautifully handmade items by the talented Hallockville knitters. Don’t forget to wear your spring hat! Reservations and advance payment of $30 per person are required.
Hallockville will also sponsor a creative sewing class Saturday, April 25, from 10 a.m. to noon, geared to all skill levels including beginners. Students will learn the blanket and french knot embroidery stitches and the basics of appliqué layering and working with wool, and they will create wool appliqué brooches or ornaments. No sewing machine needed! All materials and expert instruction by quilter Connie Klos will be provided. Advance registration is required, and the fee is $40; $30 for museum members. Register at hallockville.com or call 298-5292.
Save the date: Friday, May 1, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Riverhead-Jamesport Homemakers will hold their annual Achievement Day & Craft Exhibit at the George Young Community Center. Admission is free and refreshments will be served. In addition to the display of members’ crafts, there will be raffles of handmade items and theme baskets, a special quilt raffle, a plant sale and homemade cookies for sale. For more details call Loretta Buscemi at 298-4084.
I hope spring continues to warm the North Fork so I can move outside for my morning coffee and prayer on the porch. Warmer days are surely ahead.
Contact Aquebogue columnist Eileen Benthal at firstname.lastname@example.org or 833-1897.